Once a sincere seeker asked an enlightened master, Bhagawan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam: “Dear master, is it necessary to renounce the world to realize the self?”
Bhagawan replied: “To realize the self, there is only one thing you must be willing to renounce, that is ignorance.”
He explained that self-realization has nothing to do with renouncing the world. To run away from the world is just as bad as clinging on to it, in both cases, it is evident that the world is controlling your actions. Aversion to the world is as much a product of ignorance as attachment to it. They are just two sides of the same coin.
A person can live in a cave, in the mountains, and be obsessed with sansar (worldliness), while another can live in the world and yet to be completely detached from its pull and push. To take sannyas (renunciation) is not to renounce the world, but to renounce both attachment and aversion to the world. The very same life, when it is seen through the mist of ignorance is sansar and when it is seen in the clear light of self-awareness, becomes sannyas.
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Today is the auspicious day of Guru Poornima – a Hindu festival that is celebrated as per the Hindu Moon Sign calendar to express reverence towards one’s Guru who is a teacher or mentor. The syllable “gu” is darkness, and the syllable ‘ru’ is said to be light. Swallowing the darkness of ignorance, that Guru is indeed, without doubt, that supreme knowledge. The first syllable “gu” represents the illusory principles such as maya. The second syllable “ru” is the supreme knowledge that destroys the illusion of maya. Thus the Guru’s state is the highest in the Vedic tradition.
According to the Guru Gita:
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Many of you may have seen enlightened masters from India on media and be intrigued by their presence and puzzled by their purpose on planet earth. When we don’t understand the context of the masters’ advent on planet earth, we often use the societal conditioning to judge their actions. It is time the world understands a little more about the mystery of enlightened masters.
According to my Master, who is a living incarnation, Paramahamsa Nithyananda,(fondly known as Swamiji), he explained that there are basically three types of enlightened people: The first type is the mystics. They are the ones who are realized but have not necessarily come down with a mission. They live happily with themselves. It doesn’t mean that they have to live in some secluded cave in the Himalayas. They might as well be your next door neighbour. You never know!
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